International Trade

  • May 5, 2017

    ITC Hits Steel From 8 Countries With Duties

    The U.S. International Trade Commission determined submarket prices on carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate from eight European and Asian nations “materially injured” the U.S. steel industry and issued anti-dumping duties on imports from those nations, according to a Friday press release.

  • May 5, 2017

    Trump's Enforcement Flexing Has Trade Bar Energized

    The early days of the Trump administration have been marked by aggressive trade enforcement moves that have emboldened the petitioners’ side of the trade bar to aggressively pursue creative avenues to secure tariff relief for their clients.

  • May 5, 2017

    Chinese Tire Cos. Fight Anti-Dumping Duties At CIT

    Several Chinese tire importers have challenged the International Trade Administration’s anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders for off-road tires, filing suit in the U.S. Court of International Trade to overturn the orders.

  • May 5, 2017

    ParkerVision Seeks To Reopen Patent Row Against Apple, LG

    Wireless communications company ParkerVision asked a Florida federal court Thursday to lift a pause in its suit with Apple, LG and Qualcomm over several smartphone patents after a related U.S. International Trade Commission investigation was terminated.

  • May 5, 2017

    Sugar Importer Faces $1M CIT Penalty For Misstating Duty

    The head of a shuttered sugar importer was hit with a $1 million judgment Friday after a U.S. Court of International Trade judge sided with the government’s lawsuit accusing the company of mislabeling shipments in an effort to pay just over one-tenth of the duties actually owed.

  • May 4, 2017

    EPA Faults Chinese Motorcycle Maker For CAA Violations

    An Environmental Protection Agency administrative law judge on Wednesday found two Chinese companies liable for importing nearly 110,000 motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles into the U.S. that didn’t comply with the Clean Air Act, though further hearings are necessary to determine a penalty.

  • May 4, 2017

    US Chips Away At EU Citrus Barriers

    The European Union has withdrawn a contentious food safety requirement that will allow U.S. producers to resume shipping citrus goods there, the Trump administration announced Wednesday, extinguishing a yearslong trade irritant between the two partners.

  • May 4, 2017

    Australia Warns BHP Billiton Changes Could Spur Penalties

    Australia on Thursday cautioned BHP Billiton against ending its dual-listing amid pressure from activist investor Elliott Management, noting that delisting the mining and petroleum giant from the Australian exchange may be a criminal offense and could lead to civil penalties.

  • May 4, 2017

    Sales Worker In $30M Russia Export Scam Wins New Trial

    A former saleswoman connected to a $30 million Russian export scheme was granted a new trial on Wednesday when a New York federal judge said there was not enough evidence for two of the three jury convictions.

  • May 4, 2017

    As Canadian Lumber Fight Simmers, US Seeks More Data

    The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a call for industry comments on softwood lumber subsidies Wednesday, a traditionally rote request that takes on added significance given the Trump administration’s recent installation of preliminary duties on Canadian producers.

  • May 3, 2017

    Ex-State Department Legal Adviser Joins Steptoe & Johnson

    Steptoe & Johnson LLP has brought on a former legal adviser to then-Secretary of State John Kerry and former deputy counsel to then-President Barack Obama as a partner working for the firm on issues related to economic sanctions, export controls, international dispute resolution and public international law, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 3, 2017

    Hard Bargains Could Discourage New Foreign Military Sales

    While the Trump administration may be more willing to consider a broader range of foreign military sales deals than its predecessor, its efforts to drive a hard bargain may also turn some potential customers off, making it uncertain whether it will top the record sales under the Obama administration.

  • May 3, 2017

    ITC Widens Focus Of Digital Trade Barriers Investigation

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday opened a pair of new investigations focused on global digital trade, focusing on trade barriers currently hampering companies from selling both to individual customers as well as other firms.

  • May 3, 2017

    Feds Want At Least 5 Years For Duo In 5-Hour Energy Scheme

    California federal prosecutors on Tuesday asked for a couple convicted of a scheme to sell counterfeit 5-Hour Energy drinks to serve more than five years in prison each, with the husband in turn asking for three years and his wife for time served.

  • May 3, 2017

    Del Monte Gets Its $32M Pineapple Award Confirmed

    A Florida federal judge Tuesday confirmed Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.’s $32 million arbitration award won against one of its fruit suppliers, a Costa Rican pineapple plantation, rejecting the supplier’s argument that the tribunal’s decision was based on a fraudulent sales agreement.

  • May 3, 2017

    Chinese Wood Co. Fights Commerce's 111% Duty Finding

    A Chinese hardwood plywood company hit back Tuesday in the U.S. Court of International Trade at a 111 percent countervailing duty placed on its products by the Department of Commerce, saying the department did not afford the company sufficient opportunity to dispute the findings of the preliminary determination.

  • May 3, 2017

    Ex-Guinea Mining Minister Convicted Of Taking Bribes

    A Manhattan federal jury needed little more than five hours Wednesday to find a former Guinea mining minister guilty of taking $8.5 million in bribes in exchange for valuable mineral rights in the West African nation and then lying to banks about the money.

  • May 3, 2017

    Azevedo Hails 'Most Dynamic' WTO Talks In Years

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo said Wednesday that the debate among members looking to craft new trade rules is more “dynamic” than it has been in years, but that there is still considerable work to be done in order to reach a deal by the end of the year.

  • May 2, 2017

    UN Bribe Suspect Downplays Payments To Convicted Ex-Rep

    A Chinese billionaire set to go on trial for bribing United Nations officials argued on Monday that payments to the family of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., who pled guilty to campaign finance fraud in 2013, weren't illegal and prosecutors therefore can't bring them up at trial.

  • May 2, 2017

    Judge Rips Giuliani, Mukasey For 'Disingenuous' Iran Dodges

    A New York federal judge slammed legal titans Michael Mukasey and Rudy Giuliani at a hearing Tuesday, saying they seemed “dismissive” of the serious nature of the charges against their client who is accused of helping Iran dodge U.S. sanctions.

Expert Analysis

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • How Terror Group Label For IRGC Could Impact Iran Deal

    Anthony Rapa

    The Trump administration recently floated the idea of designating Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization. This could seriously impact sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal, because it would make any business dealings with a company owned or controlled by senior IRGC officers — as up to 200 Iranian companies may be — a potential crime, says Anthony Rapa of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Why Shippers See Value In Cayman Special Purpose Vehicles

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    The Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, and big losses at a major shipping lender, point to a shipping market where traditional bank finance is increasingly hard to come by. Cayman Islands orphan special purpose vehicles offer an alternative for enforcement as well as for new leasing deals. Andy Randall and Edward Rhind of Walkers Global explain how these structures can add efficiency and value.

  • From Exit Threats To Tiny Tweaks: What's Next For NAFTA?

    Rodrigo Dominguez Sotomayor

    The North American Free Trade Agreement is too important to the Mexican economy for Mexico to give up its free-trade access to the United States without a fight. Even if Mexico would prefer that the agreement remain as written, giving up trade concessions would be a much better option than risking a potential recession, say members of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Series

    Advocate For An Agency: Ex-FERC GC Cynthia Marlette

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    Cynthia Marlette, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, reflects on how she addressed the job's many responsibilities, including advising the commission on laws and enforcement actions, developing policy, seeking consensus among commissioners, and overseeing defense of agency actions in court, as well as dealing with historic events like the California energy crisis.

  • What Happens When State Becomes The Enterprise In ISDS?

    Stephanie Hunt

    Although President Trump has pulled the plug on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and wishes to renegotiate NAFTA, there is no evidence he is against investor-state dispute settlement clauses themselves. We may gain insight into the president's future approach toward ISDS through an investment arbitration left on the White House's table, says Stephanie Hunt of Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

  • ITC False Ad Decision Shows The Breadth Of Section 337

    Beau Jackson

    The U.S. International Trade Commission’s recent decision in Certain Woven Textile Fabrics highlights the advantages of using Section 337 to combat a variety of harmful imports, not just those associated with intellectual property infringement, say Beau Jackson and Michael Doman of Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.